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Poster: Spiral Light of Venus Date: Sep 7, 2011 2:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: So what's next?

If we are throwing out wishes I have long wanted to see something that included the Warfield/Radio City run in 1980 that featured 3 sets (one acoustic, two electric) in all the blazing glory capable by today's digital masters.

For starters, great music in great venues and only parts really circulate in complete, high quality form. This short period of time was also a very unique, and elevated, chapter in GD history vis a vis the 3 set format, acoustic and electric ("both kinds of music here boys") sets to boot and great mixes/variety of song material. Plus, the venues themselves carry with them much in terms of cultural/historical significance, both to the GD and in general.

The acoustic element alone is worthy enough to me as it is a great format to listen to the Dead and these shows really served as the last time they really experimented extensively in this fashion. Furthur, to me, the acoustic capability of the GD should not be overlooked and this period of time as a vignette in the GD history is yet another example of the vast capacity of material, influences and capabilities that define the GD. Finally, these shows also serve as a mid-point on the GD spectrum and show how material evolved over the first 15 years and created a foundation for the next 15 years.

Yes, there have been releases that touch this period but I think there is enough here to warrant a major release complete with remasters and pictorial/editorial documentary additions. If we wanted to get really crazy the NOLA shows that popped in between the west coast and east coast could also get thrown in.

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Poster: Crazy Otto Date: Sep 7, 2011 4:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: So what's next?

I would love to see the Warfield '80 run as well. Dead Set and Reckoning were 2 discs I listened to a lot when I was getting into the Dead, so of course I have a fondness for that era. But for whatever reason don't have too many actual shows from that period now.

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Poster: polarized blue Date: Sep 7, 2011 9:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: So what's next?

I think that it's been said that the reason there's a lack of the Fall 1980 shows is that they were recording the run to make an album - which turned out to be Dead Set and Reckoning, but someone decided to tape over many of the recordings rather than buy new tape. That sucks for us, but who knows why they did that? Were they short on spending money during this time, or just putting it up their nose? Maybe they honestly thought that some of the shows weren't very worthy of saving in the vault, so they just erased them... that's a hard one to believe.

Anyways, I'll put in another vote for a 1976 Box set.